The next meeting of the “Trade and Technology Council” between the European Union and the United States will take place on May 16, 2022 in Paris-Saclay.
Set up in June 2021, this discussion platform between the United States and the European Union aims to structure transatlantic cooperation in technology, economy and trade. The first meeting took place in Pittsburgh, United States, on September 29, 2021. France is hosting this second edition as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Following an informal dinner on Sunday May 15, 2022 in the evening at the invitation of France and in the presence of the French Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Trade, the CCT will be co-chaired on Monday May 16, 2022 in the morning by European Commission Executive Vice Presidents Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrovskis, as well as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Trade Representative Katherine Tai. The sequences of May 16, 2022 afternoon will allow debates with French and European stakeholders, exchanges with the press, as well as a visit to a research laboratory.
The objective is to exchange and cooperate on the main global technological, economic and trade issues, as well as to deepen transatlantic relations, based on shared democratic values, while respecting the decision-making autonomy of the two parties. The CCT is made up of ten working groups covering, for example, the role of new technologies in the fight against climate change, the fight against the misuse of technologies in violation of security and human rights (such as the misinformation) or on cooperation within international standardization bodies in new technologies. Other specific groups focus on issues such as the control of exports of sensitive goods, the screening of investments or the resilience of value chains.
The CCT enables the United States and the European Union to discuss legislative and regulatory developments on both sides, and, if necessary, to agree on common positions in international forums or to organize transatlantic coordination. The challenges of the second meeting of the CCT were notably prepared during the Informal Trade Council of February 13 and 14, 2022 in Marseille. While transatlantic cooperation has been particularly important in the context of the war in Ukraine, the exchanges scheduled for 16 May between the EU and the United States should in particular make it possible to draw up the prospects for cooperation on the resilience and securing of the chains. of value, on the green and digital transitions or on the promotion of a digital environment that respects democracy and human rights.
The meeting scheduled in Saclay on May 16, 2022 will be an opportunity to present the progress of the work of the ten working groups since the last meeting held in Pittsburgh last September. A joint statement by the European Union and the United States is expected to be adopted at the end of the meeting.